The Mets had to scratch both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees due to ribcage injuries, so Travis d'Arnaud — normally a catcher — borrowed David Wright‘s glove and played third base for the first time in his career. The first two batters the Yankees sent up to the plate in the first inning were left-handed.
The carnage of this Mets season can be traced to two distinct factors, each with its own poster child. On one poster the word “injuries” would be spelled out in block letters, and below it Noah Syndergaard’s picture — perhaps with the pitcher in “Game of Thrones” attire — would appear. The other poster would spell out “underachievers” in block letters and give us Robert Gsellman’s mug shot. You can make the case Steven Matz is just as worthy of placement on the second poster, but given the fact the Mets’ season was already decimated by the time the lefty went haywire, Gsellman gets the nod. That’s the same Gsellman who had a 7.07 ERA when he was yanked from the rotation in mid-May and sent briefly
Didi Gregorius whacks one to the right that just stays fair to put the Yankees on top of the Mets 5-3 in the seventh.